COLOMBO, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan authorities on Wednesday extended an inter-province travel ban till Oct. 31 to prevent a further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sri Lanka's Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said the interprovincial travel ban had been extended on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in order to prevent the movement of people from one province to another.
"Public behavior is vital to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but some people are behaving in an irresponsible manner and the decision to further extend the travel restrictions was taken considering the situation," Silva said.
Sri Lankan authorities earlier this week said they had tightened the travel ban to prevent people from crossing the provinces especially as the country commemorates two religious holidays this week.
According to the President's Media Division, Rajapaksa had issued instructions to the security forces to closely and strictly monitor vehicular movement at all provincial borders.
Therefore, security had been tightened at all provincial borders, police said.
Sri Lanka earlier this month lifted a 42-day nationwide lockdown as the country faced a third wave of the COVID-19 virus caused by the highly contagious Delta variant.
Health experts said the spread had now reduced drastically but the provincial ban would remain.
To date, Sri Lanka has recorded 532,766 positive COVID-19 patients while 13,525 deaths have been reported since March last year. Enditem